The Case Against Poor People. Robert Pear of the New York Times: "In mounting the latest court challenge to the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans are focusing on a little-noticed provision of the law that offers financial assistance to low- and moderate-income people. Under this part of the law, insurance companies must reduce co-payments, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for some people in health plans purchased through the new public insurance exchanges. The federal government reimburses insurers.... In their lawsuit, House Republicans say the Obama administration needed, but never received, an appropriation to make these payments to insurance companies. As a result, they contend, the spending violates the Constitution, which says, 'No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.'"
According to Brian Faler & Rachel Bade of Politico, here's what happened to that horrible tax deal Harry Reid "negotiated": "The immigration executive order soured the GOP on the tax cuts for the working poor and middle class sought by Democrats. Republicans worried undocumented immigrants targeted by the order would begin claiming the credits in droves. They found a friend in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who reluctantly agreed to drop his party's demands to extend expiring parts of the earned income tax credit and its companion, the child tax credit. The decision infuriated Reid's colleagues. 'Everyone felt that Reid had suddenly given the store to Republicans and not gotten much in return,' said a Democratic House aide. The president, with liberal Democratic backing on the Hill, issued the veto threat and the plan imploded, making the tax deal the first major collateral damage of the White House's immigration action."
Tina Nguyen of Mediate: According to the New York Times, "Over all, about 140 million people are expected to shop in stores or online this weekend. That is more people than voted in the midterms earlier this month." Nguyen calls this a "depressing statistic." CW: Evidently, it got too depressing for the New York Times, because as the story stands now, that second sentence is gone. Apprently the Times editors decided that pointing out that Americans are more interested in buying cheap teevees than in voting is not "fit to print."
Niels Lesniewski of Roll Call: "A senator who voted against keeping Harry Reid as the Democratic leader is getting a seat at the leadership table. Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia is taking on the role of policy development advisor at the Democratic Policy and Communications Center. He joins a leadership team that previously expanded in number with the addition of progressive heroine Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts."
CBS San Francisco: "Walmart employees, in the Bay Area and across the nation, are on strike this Black Friday in what may be the largest Black Friday strike ever. They are calling on the retail giant to raise pay to a minimum of $15 an hour and provide consistent full-time work."
Tim Egan: "Considering that it took the Mormon Church more than a century to acknowledge what scholars have long known to be true, it may take another hundred years for the elders in Salt Lake City to proclaim that the prophet, seer, revelator and founder of their religion was the kind of guy who would have to register with the police today before moving into a neighborhood."
God convinces GOP staffer that suggesting the President's daughters look like bar-hopping sluts is "hurtful." Missy Ryan of the Washington Post: Criticizing Malia & Sasha Obama's appearance at the annual Turkey pardoning, "Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (Tenn.), wrote Friday in a Facebook posting addressed to Sasha, 13, and Malia, 16..., 'Rise to the occasion. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar,' Lauten wrote.... 'After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were.... I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience.'" Thank you, God. See also remarks under yesterday's Non-Commentariat by P. D. Pepe & James S.
Beyond the Beltway
"Deep South Justice in Ferguson." Colbert King of the Washington Post: A white-on-black murder his grandmother told King about "gave meaning to the assertion of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney in Dred Scott that the black man has 'no rights which the white man was bound to respect.' The slaying in Ferguson, Mo., of an unarmed, 18-year-old African American, Michael Brown, by a white cop, Darren Wilson, who in turn gets away with it, strikes a raw nerve. It reminds many of the way in which authority is exercised, especially in communities where the central relationship between blacks and whites is the police." ,,,
... Monica Davey, et al., of the New York Times: Competing witness accounts suggest that the public will never know what really happened in the last seconds of Michael Brown's life. ...
... AFP: "The Missouri police officer who killed an unarmed black teen sparking months of protests in the city of Ferguson will never return to policing, his lawyer said. Darren Wilson is currently in discussions with the Ferguson, Missouri police department on the terms and conditions of his departure, attorney Neil Bruntrager said this week." ...
... Update. Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Citing threats of violence, Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, resigned from the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday. Wilson, 28, whom a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict in connection with the shooting, had worked for the city's police department for six years.... He said resigning was 'the hardest thing I've ever had to do.'" CW: Shooting at a teenager 12 times: piece of cake. ...
... Smoking Gun: "A police report detailing a fight last month between members of Michael Brown's family over the sale of commemorative t-shirts identifies the late teenager's mother as one of the 'attackers' who beat and robbed vendors selling the merchandise from a tent in a Ferguson, Missouri parking lot. A copy of the Ferguson Police Department report was provided yesterday by city attorney Stephanie Karr. When TSG requested the document two weeks ago, Karr noted that Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, was 'described in the report' and had 'specifically requested that the report be withheld from the media.'" ...
... CW: A couple of days ago. I linked a Smoking Gun report that after the announcement that Darren Wilson would not face charges, Brown's stepfather had repeatedly urged a crowd of protesters to "Burn this bitch down!" Assuming the reports are quasi-accurate, with parents like this, that poor kid had a tough row to hoe.
... Brendan James of TPM: "Red State editor Ben Howe jumped on Twitter the day before Thanksgiving to share his take on a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The conservative editor's takeaway on Wednesday was brief but clear: He tweeted that, if he were in Wilson's position, he would have "shot Mike Brown right in his face.'" CW: These jerks really know how to set an appropriate tone, don't they? ...
... Digby: "What you're talking about are the rules of combat where a soldier in a war zone is charged with killing the enemy and the enemy is charged with killing him. It's kill or be killed. Policing in the streets of America is supposed to be different. Or it used to be anyway, with the police having a very strong obligation to de-escalate situations with unarmed citizens, not shoot them down in the street. 'Kill or be killed' is a very dangerous credo for the authorities to have in a so-called free society." ...
<... KTVI St. Louis: "Demonstrators boycotting Black Friday targeted several malls in the St. Louis area Friday afternoon. The movement was organized on social media...." ...
NBC 5 Seattle & AP: "Black Friday turned into a day of protests at malls across the country after a grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson earlier this week. Protesters in a St. Louis mall blocked shoppers and forced some stores to close. In Seattle, demonstrators forced Westlake Mall to close early on the busiest shopping day of the year and tried to disrupt the city's traditional tree lighting ceremony."
Best Holiday Headline. TPM: "Masturbating Passenger Causes Premature Landing For Virgin Flight."
See also Saturday's News Ledes.
Ken Vogel of Politico: "Texas Gov. Rick Perry is inviting hundreds of prominent Republican donors and policy experts to a series of gatherings next month that are intended to rebuild his damaged national brand and lay the foundation for a potential 2016 presidential campaign...."
AP: "A representative for the family of an American couple cleared by a Qatari appeals court of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted daughter says they have been barred from leaving the Gulf nation."
Guardian: "Two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters after the former Egyptian dictator whose overthrow came to symbolise the promise of the Arab spring, Hosni Mubarak, was cleared of the murder of hundreds who called for his removal in 2011."